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Well Child Visit At 30 Months
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A well child visit is when your child sees a healthcare provider to prevent health problems. It is a different type of visit than when your child sees a healthcare provider because he is sick. Well child visits are used to track your child's growth and development. It is also a time for you to ask questions and to get information on how to keep your child safe. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them. Your child should have regular well child visits from birth to 17 years.
Where to take your child for well child visits:
It is best to find a medical home for your child. A medical home is a doctor's office or clinic where your child sees the same healthcare providers every time. A medical home will also keep your child's health records. The healthcare providers will get to know your child and your family so they can give him the best care. They will also make sure he receives vaccines on the recommended immunization schedule to protect him from diseases.
What happens during a well child visit at 30 months (2 and a half years):
Your child's healthcare provider may do the following:
- Chart your child's head growth, weight, and height
- Check your child's vision and hearing
- Look for growth delays or developmental conditions, such as autism
- Check your child's speech
- Ask how well your child sleeps
- Ask what your child eats and drinks, and help you decide what to feed him
- Check your child's teeth or tell you to take him to a dentist, and talk to you about your child's tooth care routine
- Ask how often your child urinates or has bowel movements, and if he uses a potty
- Talk to you about your child's physical activity, and time limits of less than 2 hours a day for TV, computers, or video games
- Review home safety and childproofing, and water safety, such as not leaving your child alone in the tub and not allowing him to swim alone
- Make sure you are using a child safety seat in every car, and that it is installed properly in the back seat
- Give your child any catch-up doses of previous vaccines
Milestones of development your child may reach by 30 months:
Each child develops at his own pace. Your child might have already reached the following milestones, or he may reach them later:
- Use a potty, stay dry longer in diapers, or tell you when his diaper is wet
- Sleep about 13 hours every night, and take 1 nap
- Know shapes and colors
- Start playing with other children
- Wash and dry his hands
- Throw a ball overhand
What you need to know about your child's next well child visit:
Your child's healthcare provider will tell you when to bring your child in again. The next well child visit is usually at 3 years. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about his health or care before the next visit. Your child may need catch-up doses of the hepatitis B, DTaP, HiB, pneumococcal, polio, MMR, or chickenpox vaccine. Remember to take your child in for a yearly flu vaccine.
Changes that may happen before the next well child visit:
- Ask your healthcare provider about new foods you can offer to your child. Do not give your child foods that can cause choking. Examples include hotdogs, raw vegetables, nuts, and whole grapes. Children younger than 4 years should not eat these foods.
- Your child may start to use his right or left hand consistently to draw or to pick up objects. He may be able to ride a tricycle and climb stairs.
- He may start speaking in short sentences that are easier for you to understand.
- He may get more teeth and sleep fewer hours during the night.
- Temper tantrums may continue or worsen before the next well child visit. Ask your child's healthcare provider how to handle tantrums safely.
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